Entrance Scholarships Regulations

  1. Scholarships and Merit Awards are open to candidates who will have attained the age of 17 by 1st October in the year of proposed entry to university;
  2. Candidates must submit an application form to the Recruitment and Marketing Office before 18th January noting the two subjects in which they wish to be examined and the course of study they wish to pursue. Candidates may not sit papers in a combination of subjects unacceptable to their proposed department of study;
  3. A candidate who is awarded a scholarship must, as a condition of his/her acceptance of the Award, accept the University as his/her ‘firm’ choice through UCAS. The University reserves the right to withdraw the Scholarship should the candidate place the University as his/her ‘insurance’ choice. The exception to this will be for candidates holding offers from the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge, or who have applied for a Veterinary Science course, where Aberystwyth can be held as the Insurance choice;
  4. No candidate shall be admitted to the examination if he/she has been a degree student at any university or university college for more than one semester;
  5. The examinations are designed for candidates in Year 13 or equivalent. A higher standard will be required from any candidate who has completed two years in the sixth form or equivalent. Applications from mature candidates are also encouraged;
  6. The Senate reserves the right of withholding any award if it is found that there is no candidate of sufficient merit;
  7. The Senate reserves the right of dividing any scholarship in case of equality;
  8. The University reserves the right to withdraw an Entrance Scholarship application for any applicant to whom they are unable to offer a place to study. Whilst every effort will be made to identify such candidates at the earliest opportunity, it is possible that this decision may be made after the examinations have been taken, for example when the UCAS application has been received close to the closing date for Entrance Scholarship competition and has not been fully reviewed before the date of the examinations. Please note that the results of the Entrance Scholarship examinations will have no bearing on this decision - the decision on whether or not to offer a place to study will be made purely on the basis of information contained within the applicant’s UCAS application form;
  9. In order to avoid potential issues in terms of accepting an award, candidates are advised not to place any other institution as their Firm choice via UCAS until they receive the results of the Entrance Scholarship competition. Candidates will receive their Scholarship results before mid-March;
  10. In the case where a Department is unable to offer a candidate a place to study on their first choice of course but instead offers a place to study on a similar course which includes a foundation year, any award will be applicable to that amended scheme only;
  11. Where a candidate has applied for a scheme which includes a foundation year and is offered a place on that course, any award received will be applicable to that scheme only, and will not be automatically transferable to a 3 year degree scheme;
  12. The Senate reserves the right to modify any award in the event of a candidate obtaining an award from another body;
  13. Entrance Scholarship and Faculty Entrance Scholarship payments will continue for each eligible year of the course provided that an attendance rate of at least 70% in the first year (lectures, seminars, workshops, practicals etc) has been achieved;
  14. The Senate will reduce or totally withhold an award if the holder has not made distinct progress in his/her studies as certified by his/her teachers and as shown in the Terminal and Sessional examinations of the University, or if his/her conduct and diligence have not been satisfactory;
  15. Payments are not made during years abroad, years in employment, sandwich years, repeat years etc.
  16. Scholarship holders shall be active in raising awareness of the University by engaging with promotional schemes where appropriate (e.g. visits to schools/colleges, Open Days, Visiting Days, Widening Participation activities). For engagement in these activities, the scholarship holder will need to register with AberWorks and will be recompensed at the standard student ambassador rate (further information on these opportunities will be advertised during the academic year);
  17. The Scholarships will be subject to the general regulations governing the award and tenure of University Entrance Scholarships. The tenure of all awards is subject to the Standing Orders of the Senate.

Please note it is only possible to receive one award as a result of sitting the Entrance Scholarship exams.